Chris Britton is a long-time Unisys (formerly Burroughs) IT professional. For the last twenty-five years he has held positions in programming, technical support, system software design, program management, technical consultancy, and marketing. He is a regular speaker and seminar leader at Unisys conferences. His current focus is middleware and IT architectures. Having been in the profession for many years, Mr. Britton has a unique long-term perspective on the past and future of IT systems.